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Soho Press, 1999 - Fiction - 643 pages
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Gloria has all the Traina-Norell dresses and Ben Zuckerman suits a girl could ask for. She is a prom queen, a popular sorority girl -- class of '57. Her father is vice president of a steel company and her mother is a society matron. Gloria is attractive, popular, and pinned -- engaged to be engaged. So why is she so dissatisfied?

A story set in John O'Hara territory, Gloria is a vivid portrayal of the class structure of America in that era and of the assumptions concerning gender that underlay society. It is about friendship, loyalty, sexuality, and love, and the dynamics of Gloria's family. But mostly it is about Gloria and her last summer at home before setting out for the larger world that she longs to engage.

Reminiscent of Carnal Knowledge and By Love Possessed, this is the story of a young woman whose courage, intellectual integrity, and creative gifts defy expectations.

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User Review  - anissaannalise - LibraryThing

One of the best books I've ever read. Gloria's voice & world are wholly absorbing & I felt everything she did. I was sad when it ended but I know I'll enjoy visiting her again one day. Read full review

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User Review  - pdebolt - LibraryThing

This is a credible and fascinating glimpse into a world that probably no longer exists. The innocence of the '50s juxtaposed with the "sophisticated" main character is compelling. I found her mother ... Read full review

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Keith Maillard teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

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